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Monday, 11 April 2016

Reading Habits




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I love reading but not when I am in school. This is because a part of taking Arts courses in Classics or Art History or Archaeology is doing extensive primary, secondary and literary reading. Of course, I had friends that still read but I was never able to do the readings for school and then another book for my own pleasure on top of that. Instead I always chose to turn off my brain and watch shit television like Indian soaps or Turkish soaps or light shows like Jane the Virgin or Mr. D with the occasional Game of Thrones or Vikings.

But now that I am not in school I feel I can read again. I have a long list of fiction novels I want to get through and have steadily been making it through my list as an only night-time reader. I read for an hour at night before sleeping and I love it. Its a good way of winding down, of disconnecting from technology and making myself feel relaxed and sleepy. Reading different authors and styles also improves my writing and helps refine my voice as a writer. It also expands my understanding of the directions ideas can be pushed and developed and the various possibilities of narratives. 

So far, I have made my way through the Shahnameh, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Handmaid's Tale, The English Patient and I am currently making my way through The Old Man and the Sea. The list is very long and it keeps getting longer. I feel like every time I cross off a novel I have finished I add 3 more! But I am mostly focusing on books I have always wanted to read, books I want to re-read and Classics. I have also just recently made a good reads account and that has also increased the number of books on my list! So basically, I have a lot of reading to do. I am a fairly fast reader, research has taught me how to do that. But having said that, I don't want to rush the reading experience just because I have a list. I still enjoy the books and read at the different paces required for each book (The Handmaid's Tale was a faster read than Love in the Time of Cholera for me, because of writing style).

What are you guys currently reading? What would you want to read next?

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  1. Those are some great books that you have named! You could also try Sherlock Holmes if you fancy detective stories, or Jane Austen's novels, if you like romance!

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